As is so common this article about land and agriculture problems in Africa spends little time on the only meaningful solution: population control. The continent wouldn’t have the problems it does these days if contraception, family planning and family size were treated as legitimate solutions and pushed by governments and foreign aid providers.
The same solutions need to be pushed to the forefront worldwide. Environmental problems and resource scarcity won’t improve until we limit our growth.
Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa https://nyti.ms/2u72OP6
Eating meat and other animal products doesn’t have to be a binary choice such as veganism to do good.
We can improve health and environmental outcomes by eating less. The author calls it Reducetarian. We all know that livestock production is a major contributor to climate change. Now you can feel good about consuming fewer animal products rather then cutting them out entirely.
How can someone objectively believe that corporate funded research doesn’t bias scientific outcomes?
There’s just so much evidence that it does. This isn’t to say that every collaboration is biased, but we should presume that it’s more likely to exist than not.
Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant http://nyti.ms/2iOYpLm
A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy
Large American and European banks are financing the destruction of rainforest, despite “sustainability pledges which specifically mention deforestation.”
The money is aiding a process that scientists say destroys ecosystems, displaces indigenous communities and covers the region each year in a thick, suffocating smog that stretches from Jakarta to Hong Kong.
How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril http://nyti.ms/2gY48gO
Closing the Standing Rock protest site is a travesty of corporate greed over public will. One might expect this under the Trump regime, but not Obama.
The American people have a right to protest the environmental sanctity of their land. The Army Corp is doing the bidding of their corporate overlords.
Protesters should decide if it’s safe to stay the winter. The protest is about safety. They should decide if their safety at the site is a greater issue than the safety of their drinking water. Safety is a choice people make, not a condition imposed by the government. If the government wants protesters to be safe they shouldn’t turn water cannons on them. Closing the protest area is about ending an embarrassing protest.
Speaking of safety, the people of Flint, Michigan dont have safe drinking water after the local government meddled. Decisions at Standing Rock should be about the long term safety of their water. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the bigger threat here.
Officials to Close Standing Rock Protest Campsite http://nyti.ms/2grJDc0
Another story of our demand for food threatening our environment. There is a way for us to live in harmony with our world, but we haven’t figured it out yet.
There must be somewhere we could grow avocados sustainably which wouldn’t have such a impact, but greed gets in our way of finding it.
Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico http://nyti.ms/2f4itH3